NC bar owners file suit against Cooper over reopening

Charlotte Observer reports:

A group of nearly 200 bar owners in North Carolina have filed a lawsuit against Gov. Roy Cooper in an effort to immediately reopen bars in the state.

Last month, when Cooper moved North Carolina into Phase Two of its coronavirus reopening plan, restaurants, brewery taprooms and wineries were allowed to open and serve drinks for the first time in two months. Bars, on the other hand, were excluded and have remained closed.

The suit seeks a temporary restraining order from Executive Order 141, which eased North Carolina’s stay-at-home restrictions.

Our tony neighborhood has a brewpub right up the street—one I have frequented often–that is now open and serving craft beer. If you can tell me the difference between that and a bar–I’m listening.

Sam Hieb / Contributing Editor

Sam Hieb is freelance journalist from Greensboro, North Carolina. He is a contributing editor for Carolina Journal and for Piedmont Publius, a blog that focuses on political a...

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